Hey, since it’s absurdity week, let’s just roll with it: Twitch is getting in on the lockox/lootcrate/gamblebox action, making every streamer and channel party to the system, even us. Basically, any time you cheer for a streamer with 250 bits (i.e., donate) through the Halloween hoopla, you snag a virtual Halloween crate with a chance for a drop. It’s an emote. It’s a temporary emote. That you can use only on Twitch. From a lockbox. Mind blown.
“From now through November 3rd, go trick or treating on any Bits enabled channel by Cheering with at least 250 Bits and unlock a Halloween Crate containing one of six temporary zombie emotes. Collect all six and Zombie Lord Kappa will be yours forever. We all know, what is dead may never die…”
500 bits runs $3.50, so basically you’re paying $1.75 for a temp emote that you can then use to heckle other streamers. The weird part is that… the streamer gets (most of) your money. So really it’s just Twitch’s incentive to donate to channels you like while taking a (small?) cut.
I can’t help but feel like this is just a version of the old Steam sale minigames, but in the context of the last few weeks of community uproar over lockboxes in general, it seems a bit offkey.